LAYTON - A longtime educator and county commissioner died Sunday.
Funeral services for Gayle A. Stevenson of Layton will be held Friday, Jan. 31, at the Layton Legacy Stake Center, 752 N. 3700 West, at 11 a.m. A viewing will be held Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lindquist’s Layton Mortuary, 1867 N. Fairfield Road and Friday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the church.
Stevenson was a longtime educator in the Davis School District. He taught at his alma mater of Davis High School, was vice principal at Viewmont High and principal of Clearfield High before serving as associate superintendent in the Davis School District.
He was a county commissioner for 12 and 1/2 years.
“He was just a great leader,” said Sheryl Allen, a former school board member.
“He was dearly beloved in the Davis School District. The thing I remember was that even though we had more than 40,000 students in the district, and many teachers, everyone in the district seemed to know him,” she said.
“They knew him and respected him and they appreciated him,” Allen said.
Stevenson was a man of strong convictions.
“You never questioned where he stood. You knew, which is frankly a trait you want in your leaders,” she said.
“He was very professional, very organized, and full of vigor,” said County Clerk/Auditor Steve Rawlings.
“I think my recollection was that when he retired, he was going on 70-years-old, and he was just as energetic about his job the last year as he was the first year,” he said.
“He stood his ground. When he knew he was right, he didn’t waiver,” Rawlings said.
Stevenson grew up in Layton. At Davis High he was junior class president and a state Golden Gloves boxing champion.
He married his high school sweetheart, LaVora Beverly Wood in 1950 and they had six children. She passed away in 1997. He married Nancy Burningham in 2001.
Stevenson served his country as a corpsman in the U.S. Navy on the front lines during the Korean Conflict.
Educationally, he received his bachelor’s degree from Weber State University and a master’s from the University of Utah.
Stevenson enjoyed his family, tending his garden, and people. He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
His obituary appears on page 11 in Jan.30, 2014 issue of the Clipper.